Dish Network (for HD) on MCE HTPC?

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Dish Network (for HD) on MCE HTPC?

I need help from htpc experts on using mce with Satellite tv. My question is, what is the best way to set up my htpc to record a dish signal? Do I use their DVR for HD and my mce box for OTA HD and SDtv from the satellite box via s-video? Do I need two receivers 

I'm about to pull the trigger on Dish network because I can get a deal with 200 channels and 33 HD channels for the same amount that I'm currently paying for basic cable. The Dish package includes the VIP 622 HD DVR which has two tuners (one HD and one limited to 480i) with hdmi out for HD and composite or s-video out for the standard def signal. 

Does anyone have first hand experience or resources to help me plan the best mce/htpc and Dish Satellite system?

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well, no matter what you need their receiver. Even if you want to view everything through your HTPC, you still need the receiver to pick up the signal. You can connect to that receiver via S-Video, but that's not going to look as great as your HD, so....

The call is yours. You can just have the 1 receiver, and just share it with HTPC & your live tv watching, but you might miss some recordings if you don't realize it changed the channel & was recording. (you use an IR blaster to change the satellite channels)

So, the safe bet, which allows you HD content was as you suggested. Get the HD box from them, keep that just for watching live tv in HD, and then use a 2nd regular box to connect to your HTPC to record everything else.

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Ok, that makes sense. I'll use the included HD-DVR for watching and recording HD (30 hours) and get a second sd receiver to connect to my htpc. Next question, if I get a dual tuner sd receiver, can I connect it using s-video to two analog tuners (pvr-150mce) on my htpc and control the feeds using the mce blaster w/ my harmony 880?

Will standard def PQ from satellite be about the same as analog cable into my htpc?

Hopefully, this whole setup will change if/when Dish gets involved with cable card and I connect the whole thing to my vista mce box.

Gigabyte GA-965P-S3, C2D 6300, 4 TB, 32 Gb SSd for OS drive, 4 Gb DDR2, ATI 4670 1Gb HDMI, Westinghouse LVM-42W2 1080P LCD, HD-PVR, SiliconDust HD Homerun, Terrestrial Digital DB2 antenna, Silverstone LC01, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, two XBox 360, and Logitech Harmony 880 remote.

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yes, standard def should be about the same crappiness that you get as you do from your cable. Maybe a lil less quality depending on your tuner, but if you go S-Video you should be fine.

As for your dual tuner, not 100%, but i believe the answer is NO. You have to check if the box has 2 Tuner outputs (which i doubt it does). So if you wanted to use 2 HTPC tuners, you'd need to boxes outputting to it (again, unless your box has 2 analog outputs).

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As crazy as it sounds, I may actually pass on switching to Satellite b/c I have my HD mce box working well with dual tuners and OTA HD. Throwing satellite in the mix seems less than stellar b/c I'd be switching inputs and toggling DVRs just to consume more television. I don't have time to watch all the tv I record right now.

But, can I really give up 33 HD channels to keep the status quo? ESPN HD and Discovery Theater HD sound great, but I'm just not sure I'd ever watch HGTV or Kung Fu Channel in HD. 

Need I post my step by step thought processes in such detail, no, I most definitely do not.

Thanks again for your help.

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never...underestimate...the power...of kung fu! Remember Office Space...part of why he gets the girl Tongue

Mike Garcen (shadymg) MissingRemote Editor-in-Chief Windows Entertainment and Connected Home MVP (formerly Media Center MVP) Twitter @mikegarcen MissingRemote on Facebook

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